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Since opening, education has always been one of the most important facets of the Barcelona Zoo. For this reason, the Theory & Practical School of Animal Zoology and Applied Primatology was opened in 1975. The objective is to take advantage of the great educational opportunity entailed by having a large collection of animals and thus becoming a teaching and cultural resource at the service of the community.

Since the beginning, this 'school’ has assumed the mission of reaching both school and university students and, indeed, anybody who is interested in animal and naturalist subjects. On the one hand, a service of guided tours was established, provided by biologists and university Biology students and aimed at school groups, which has garnered an excellent reception. On the other, courses were created on animal and naturalist subjects, open to everybody and taught by Zoo experts and university lecturers.